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Spark Growth

Building community connections through reading and art enrichment.

aka Spark Growth Program   |   YUCCA VALLEY, CA   |  https://sparkgrowthprogram.com

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Mission

Spark Growth is a Literacy and Art Enrichment Program whose mission is to provide young children and their families with opportunities to participate in a voluntary, engaging, hands-on, inclusive, quality, and developmentally appropriate reading and art enrichment program to be offered on a monthly basis free of charge at various sites and schools within the Morongo Basin. This literacy and art program is intended to enhance ongoing efforts by private and public schools, family daycare homes, home schools, parents, caregivers and family members as they instruct, tutor, and assist young children in the development, acquisition, and proficiency of literacy and art skills.

Ruling year info

2018

Executive Director

Mrs Maureen L Stine

Main address

58213 Caliente St

YUCCA VALLEY, CA 92284 USA

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EIN

35-2636229

NTEE code info

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Student Services and Organizations (B80)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The literacy and art enrichment activities and lessons used in this program are intended for use in large group or small group format. The elements of Spark Growth! literacy and art activities/lessons are representative of activities recommended by authors, researchers, state and federal educational agencies, and national organizations who have published a variety of articles/literature related to young children’s growth of literacy and creative skills. Activities and lessons used by Spark Growth! Staff do not take the place of the instructional methods or lessons provided by the teacher, instructional staff, caregivers, family day care home owners/directors preschool program directors or teachers. Spark Growth! literacy and art enrichment activities and lessons are supplemental and are chosen to be child-centered, engaging, fun, hands-on, meaningful, and relevant to children’s age, ability and interest, and supportive of children’s growth of literacy and creativity.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program

Spark Growth is a Literacy and Art Enrichment Program whose mission is to provide young children and their families with opportunities to participate in a voluntary, engaging, hands-on, inclusive, quality, and developmentally appropriate reading and art enrichment program to be offered on a monthly basis free of charge at various sites and schools within the Morongo Basin. This literacy and art program is intended to enhance ongoing efforts by private and public schools, family daycare homes, home schools, parents, caregivers and family members as they instruct, tutor, and assist young children in the development, acquisition, and proficiency of literacy and art skills.
The underlying goal for the Spark Growth! Literacy and Art Enrichment Program is to ‘spark’ an interest -- intrinsically motivate children -- in their development and proficiency of reading, writing, communication and creative, art-related skills.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Students

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Hours of literacy instruction delivered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is a record of the hours delivered from our program in-class and virtual enrichment at three school sites in the Morongo Unified School District.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Overall, the goals of Spark Growth! Literacy and Art Program are to provide opportunities that will help children communicate their ideas and feelings and to interpret communication they receive. In particular, goals are categorized as such: listening and viewing; speaking; writing; and reading.

During enrichment activities, Spark Growth! program staff consistently utilize strategies such as modeling and explanation of the activity’s procedures, encouraging statements on efforts, scaffolding (meeting children where they are in their literacy and language, and building upon that level), paraphrasing questions or statements, open-ended questioning, dictation, storytelling and hands-on activities to promote exploration . As such, young children have opportunities to become active participants in the group or class enrichment activities -- applying problem-solving, decision-making, and critical thinking strategies to a myriad of enrichment activities and experiences

The approach and implementation of this literacy and art enrichment program reflects the tone/demeanor of the enrichment program staff which is that of consistent, meaningful, positive and respectful interactions and responses. Also important is the awareness by the Spark Growth! program staff that the environment in which interactions occur must be one that promotes and sustains a sense of safety and security contributing to children’s growth and development. Within a positive, inclusive, and safe environment, enrichment program staff provide children with opportunities to experience a sense of connectedness as well as provide a sense of security where exploration and autonomy support growth in literacy and language.

Since our inception in the middle of April 2018 we have been able to positively impact 3 school site who is currently participating in the program in the MUSD. This brings our servicing up to well over 700 students and their families.
With the onset of COVID 19 and school closures, Spark Growth has adapted to this temporary situation by supporting students, families and school staff and faculty by providing free resources for distance learning. As well as modifications to our New Virtual Program for the 2020-2021 School year. Spark Growth has re-structured it’s K-6 literacy enrichment lessons and activities to be offered in a virtual format that will be accessible to administrators, teachers and families. Spark Growth’s Virtual Family Take Home Activities will continue to provide families and children with hands-on enrichment activities that support the themes of the book we will be virtually reading for your student’s class via Youtube videos.
Our past 2020-2021 Virtual Plan for our program will offer virtual enrichment projects that will be shared with you by your student’s teacher along with a link to the YouTube video which will consist of three parts
A Spark Growth Volunteer will introduce the book and discuss parts of the book (front cover, title page etc.), read the book and discuss the project instructions provided.
2021-2022 our program is in the Hybrid format due to no volunteers being allowed to service schools in our district. Once a month students in the program receive COVID safe supplies for their enrichment project, A Spark Growth Volunteer will introduce the book and discuss parts of the book (front cover, title page etc.), read the book and discuss the project instructions provided through our videos.
We continue to grow our program to reach homeschool families and private childcare facilities.
Our current service for 2022-2023 includes monthly site visits to five sites we service in the Morongo Basin. Three of the sites are elementary schools in the Morongo Unified school district. We deliver in-person reading and artistic instruction as well as a take home family activity. All projects are supplies for free for students and families. We also service a private daycare and the Morongo Basin Homeschool group.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

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Spark Growth

Board of directors
as of 01/18/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Maureen Stine

Spark Growth

Term: 2018 - 2027


Board co-chair

Melanie Shannon

Spark Growth

Term: 2018 - 2027

Cyarah Stine

Spark Growth

Linda Mahany

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Walter Brescia

Spark Growth

Alicia Murphy

Morongo Unified

Lupe Benkey

Retired USMC

Maureen Stine

Spark Growth

Melanie Shannon

Spark Growth

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/18/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/18/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.